Crafty Red & White Christmas Ornaments

Christmas Ornament Ideas

The Scandinavian country look, with it’s cheery red and bright white, is a great choice this season, giving a homespun yet light and cottage-y look to the Christmas Tree. Using supplied I had on hand and inexpensive glass balls from the local thrift store, I was able to make several dozen new ornaments for my tree that hopefully give it that charming look I’m going for. I’ll start by showing all the ornaments I made out of regular glass ball ornaments.

Christmas Ornament 1

Folk cross ornament:
Since a Scandinavian country theme was on my mind when I started this project, the first thing I tried was a folk-style cross.

Use a medium-tip white paint pen on a red glass ornament. Start with either a cross or an “x” shape and then embellish with drops, dots and arrows. It takes two coats, which gives the end result a charming hand-made quality. Finish with a wired-on bow of 1/4″ gingham ribbon.

Christmas Ornament 1

Large vintage button ornament:
I have a collection of vintage buttons and some of them are quite large. I thought it would be nice to feature the most interesting of these on an ornament with a minimum of additions to put the button front-and-center.

Hot-glue medium red ric-rac onto a frosted white glass ornament, making an X on both sides. Cover the intersection with a large vintage button on each side, also using hot glue, and tie a simple red ribbon around the neck.

Christmas Ornament 1

Rag ball ornament:
This ornament was inspired by Dawn’s fantastic tutorial on rag ball ornaments. Unfortunately, for some reason in my area styrofoam balls are gold-plated, because they cost a fortune, However, I had on hand these extra-cheap thrift store glass balls. So I made my rag ball ornament out of them, choosing red for the body and white for the bow.

Tear 3/4″ of fabric, then cut sections just big enough to fit around the ball. Hot-glue one end at up near the neck, then wrapped the fabric around and glued the other end on the opposite side of the neck. Add strips in this fashion until the whole ball is covered. Add a white bow in medium ric-rac.

Christmas Ornament 1

Pom-pom trim ornament:
This fun ornament reminds me of some kind of vintage winter faux-fur coat and was one of the easiest to make using simple pom-pom trim.

Use hot glue to attach a spiral of white pom-pom trim to a red glass ball ornament, starting at the bottom and contining toward the top until the entire ball is covered. Then, wired on a 1/4″ grosgrain ribbon in red. Easy peasy.

Christmas Ornament 1

Lace skirt ornament:
This cute little thing is one of my favorites of the bunch. Hanging on the tree they almost look like little red berries hanging with a small cap of white eyelet lace leaves, or a dancing girl with red britches peeking out of a white eyelet skirt.

Wrap a short length of pre-gathered white eyelet lace trim around the top of a smaller-sized red glass ball ornament, attaching it at the shoulder with hot glue. Hot glue on medium white ric-rac to cover the edge, then wire on a bow of 1/4″ gingham ribbon.

Christmas Ornament 1

Cotton lace ornament:
This ornament was sheer serendipity, as I just happened to have a yard of pretty cotton lace trim in my stash whose width covered the ornament exactly from top to bottom.

Cut a length of white wide cotton lace trim just long enough to encircle the red glass ornament, then gather the sides with pearl cotton, weaving it in and out of the holes in the sides of the lace. Pull it tight at the top and button of the ornament, then slip stitch the two ends together to form a seam in back. For a finishing touch, wire on a 1/4″ red grosgrain ribbon bow.

Christmas Ornament 1

Button dotted ornament:
I love polka dots, and when I sat looking at a red glass ornament in one hand and a pile of vintage buttons in the other, this was the natural conclusion.

Hot glued a random assortment of white or cream buttons onto a red glass ornament, leaving space to create polka dots. To complete, wire on a bow made from hemp twine.

Christmas Ornament 1

Encrusted vintage button ornament:
Of course, you can’t have a jar of vintage buttons without wanting to encrust something with them. Again, this is an ornament you would usually use a styrofoam ball for, but those are expensive and used glass balls are cheap, so that’s what I used; a white frosted glass ball ornament. An added benefit of using the glass is that any gaps are less noticeable because the frosted glass blends right into the buttons.

Simply pave the surface of the ornament with vintage buttons using hot glue, and finish with a tied-on sheer red ribbon.

Christmas Ornament Collection

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of these crafty ornament ideas to add to a red-and-white theme! If you make any of them, please, let me know and include a link to pictures!

~Angela :-)

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  1. Rhonda from Minnesota says:

    I second that Liz, the most inspiring blog post this season. I love this idea. Very Cheery, Cottagey, Christmasey. I love it. I love it. Did I say I loved this?
    Happy Holidays

  2. Hillcrest Acres says:

    What an adorable way to display your handmade ornaments. They are so cute. It makes me want to get out my glue gun and start creating but instead I have to head out the door and finish my Christmas shopping.

  3. What a cute set of “new” ornaments ! Now I have another fun project! Love to visit here, thanks for sharing!

  4. Barbara Jacksier says:

    I love your ornaments. To me, they look like a centerpiece sitting in their muffin tin. Dan and I once photographed a table centerpiece with ornaments in a muffin tin.Just add a few sprigs of greenery and it’s ready to go!

  5. WOW! Angela! You have been a busy little bee ~ I love them ALL! Thank you so much for linking back to me but my little goober rag balls pale in comparison to all of your crafty goodness here. I love all of the ideas ~ I hope you and your family have the most wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year! xxoo, Dawn

  6. These are just fantastic. Love-love the button idea. I’ll have to remember that technique for next year. These are just such beautiful and fun pictures, so much fun to browse. Great decoration ideas.

  7. Holy smokes! I think this is the most inspiring blog post I’ve seen this season. I LOVE what you’ve done with the ornaments. Since I’m not a crafty person myself, I’m always so excited when other people have marvelous ideas like this. I think my favorite might be the folk cross, but they’re all wonderful.

  8. Angela,
    I agree with Liz and Rhonda. I hadn’t even thought of making ornaments, but now I need to run out and buy some red ones. I love the polka dot one the best. Good thing I just finished shoveling and scraping the driveway!!

  9. Oh, I love them! Don’t make me try to pick a favorite. I couldn’t do it. You’ve inspired me. I’m getting off this computer and I’m going to go play!

  10. Loove your blog!

  11. Ok- these I think are amazing!! I am so inspired! If I find anytime in the midst of all the other projects I put on my plate this year- I am going to try these out…maybe in some pinks! Yes- Hot Pink! So excited.

  12. Angela I love the ideas for all the red and white balls. So creative! As you know from seeing my blog I love red and white so I will have to try and make a few. Maybe I could put them up for Valentine’s day. The napkins you gave Cindy are just like some ones I have! What a thoughtful friend you are.

  13. They are eye candy for sure.I have some extra glass ornaments I could do this with! Thanks for pulling it all together. Quite motivational really. Thanks you

  14. I really love what you accomplished with what you had on hand. As I already told you, I am finding inspiration from other people’s ability to create really great looking projects without spending more money. My favorite is the button ball, but all of them look great.

  15. Adorable! Is it ok if I copy your white button one? I just love the buttons and I have a bag of them with a glue gun. 🙂

  16. Angela, you are on a roll. These are all gorgeous – you must be feeling very christmassy by now.

  17. The Feathered Nest (Manuela's) says:

    I love those! They’re so cottagey and would be perfect for my tree! I thought I was done with my Christmas crafting! 🙂

  18. I love this tutorial.. I am going to borrow some of your ideas (hope thats OK) to tart up the chrissy tree next year.. why next year you ask? hmm its already up this year and a certain person (he who has paws) has decided cats love christmas trees.. and I am ever hopeful he’ll grow out of it by next year (I did say that last year though, but he was a wee kitten then, now he is a huge %$#$%^ cat)
    Have a happy and merry christmas..

  19. Oh, Angela. Beautiful, beautiful stuff. Thanks for the tour!

  20. I really, really like the idea of displaying ornaments in a muffin tin…making a mental note on that one. thanks!

  21. Love your ornaments! The pom pom one is my favourite!!

  22. Love your ornaments! The pom pom one is my favourite!!

  23. Linda Albrecht says:

    Oh my!!! You are so talented and I am coming back to visit again and again. Such a beautiful place. Linda

  24. Angela, I love the way you have placed the ornaments in the cupcake tray. I know you’re probably thinking it’s on old trick, but I have never seen that. I am always looking for new ways to display christmas ornaments… thanks for sharing your idea. xoxo, Joanna

  25. Michele says:

    You are incredible!! Your truly are so creative, and it’s been a joy getting to go through all of these old posts. Your ornaments are really, really amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing them with us all and for the directions, too!

  26. Camy Tisvis says:

    Angela, Your ornaments are so mind-boggling!!!I can’t wait for the Christmas season so that I can make the pompom trim ornament. I went today and bought 540 red Christmas balls and plan on getting the pompoms next week. I have a VERY large family and plan on giving these as gifts Thanks so much for the idea. I’ll send you a picture of the completed decorated balls.

  27. Love these ornaments – so creative and pretty! Just wanted to let you know I featured your post in my roundup of glass ornament crafts here. Feel free to check it out if you want and hope you like it! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

  28. Délia Cabral says:

    lindo adorei, a minha decoração de Natal vai ser assim, obrigada beijinhos

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